Learning math at AcadeCap is hands on. It’s messy, and it’s fun. We use a program called Défi-Mathématiques. This program is concept based, and encourages the use of a variety of manipulatives from Grade 1 through to Grade 6. Défi-Mathématiques focuses on problem solving in context, so children know how the skills are applicable to real-life situations. Students use tools such as base-10 blocks, centicubes, unifix cubes, building blogs, geoboards, bingo counters, Cuisinaire rods, and more. Using manipulatives encourages students to develop a concrete image of how the math “works” and helps students visually solve problems. In our class, we aren’t afraid to get messy when trying to solve a problem! We work on the floor, on tables, wherever we need to.
Source:: Grade 1 & 2 Blog